Facebook vs. Google+: Which Social Network is Best?

 Messaging, Chat and Video

Facebook and Twitter are taking the place of email for many people, and Skype often replaces the phone. In messaging and chat, Facebook and Google+ are nearly identical. For messages, just pick a name and type. Facebook also offers something like a spam filter—a separate section for messages that appear to be mass mailings, scams or just unwanted notes from random people. It works quite well, but too stealthily, accessed by clicking on the tiny word Other under the messages icon. This approach makes it very easy to miss plenty of messages that are actually important.

In chat, users of either service can easily make themselves appear visible or invisible and available or unavailable to others (or available to only certain people). And both offer video calling.

But Google+ has a different philosophy with video. It can be an add-on for a one-to-one chat, as with Facebook. But it’s also for groups. Any friend in a Circle, or on any ad-hoc list, can accept an invite to a Hangout—where everyone sees everyone else at the same time. For now, it’s too novel to be more than a cool trick. But as people get used to them, Hangouts can be great for anything from virtual family reunions to team meetings of colleagues spread around multiple offices.

Winner: Google+

It matches Facebook’s messaging capabilities and adds the promising group-video Hangouts.

Facebook vs. Google +

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  1. Adam Says:

    “But Facebook allows posting to only one of those groups per update.”

    That’s not true. I post to multiple friend lists all the time. Just select “Custom” and you’ve got much more powerful add/remove list options than Google+.

  2. MarcXW Says:

    Wow was this article biased,… BTW did you take into account the fact that Facebook has official mobile apps available on every platform??? Because Google + doesn’t. Facebook should win just for that.

  3. Sean Captain Says:

    Thanks for commenting.

    Adam, thanks for the tip.

    MarcVW, thanks for the input. Would you explain in more detail how you believe the article is biased?

  4. Ole Says:

    Good article. I find it hard to say that one platform is better than the other because that is not only a question about features and design. The kind of activity that is going on is also an important aspect of the “decision”. A few thoughts:

    - Many people will use both Facebook and G+
    - G+ and Facebook study eachother’s every move and it might very well be that they will end up looking more and more alike. Facebook’s implementation of the subscription feature is one example.
    - I believe that people in a few years time will start asking questions about what they really are getting out of the many hours they spend on social networks. What’s the return on social networking hours so to speak. The winner will be the one that helps people get more value for money. I’m leaning towards G+ on this end.

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